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Server Salary

How Much Does a Server Make in the United States?

The average base salary for a Server in the United States is a month or $35,457 per year, according to the most recent data averaged from Glassdoor, Indeed and Salary.com.

Average Server Base Salary:

What can I earn as a Server?Your salary is 0 the US national average
$17.05
$17.05
17.05

The average wage for a Server is per hour.

In addition to their base salary, Server receive a significant portion of their income from tips, which can vary based on factors such as the type of establishment, location and level of service provided.

On average, a Server might earn anywhere from $50 to $200 or more in tips per day.

Annual Mean Wage of Servers by State

[Calculated using Glassdoor, Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Salary.com, Talent.com and Zippia data]

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Server Salary in Major US Cities

Miami

Average mean wage

$37,520

New York City

Average mean wage

$40,041

Chicago

Average mean wage

$40,380

Los Angeles

Average mean wage

$42,625

[Calculated using Glassdoor, Indeed and Talent.com data]

High-Paying Cities for Servers

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
Chicago, IL40,38019.41
Los Angeles, CA42,62520.49
Miami, FL37,52018.04
NYC, NY40,04119.25

Average Server Salary by State

Explore the average Server salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$24,624
Alaska$27,269
Arizona$45,460
Arkansas$28,270
California$38,735
Colorado$39,610
Connecticut$40,390
Delaware$31,425
Florida$32,989
Georgia$29,110
Hawaii$35,240
Idaho$30,350
Illinois$31,750
Indiana$27,200
Iowa$26,560
Kansas$29,680
Kentucky$27,580
Louisiana$25,160
Maine$40,760
Maryland$36,940
Massachusetts$40,320
Michigan$36,420
Minnesota$26,770
Mississippi$21,440
Missouri$33,360
Montana$21,800
Nebraska$32,662
Nevada$27,190
New Hampshire$37,586
New Jersey$42,910
New Mexico$32,800
New York$49,796
North Carolina$27,890
North Dakota$31,460
Ohio$30,130
Oklahoma$23,900
Oregon$36,236
Pennsylvania$30,520
Rhode Island$34,424
South Carolina$22,754
South Dakota$27,330
Tennessee$24,340
Texas$26,520
Utah$35,750
Vermont$43,950
Virginia$34,620
Washington$46,400
West Virginia$30,927
Wisconsin$31,820
Wyoming$33,120
District of Columbia$50,790

How Much Do Similar Careers to a Server Get Paid?

Servers earn less than Fine-Dining Servers but more than Food Runners and Bussers.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Fine Dining Server
Food Runner
Busser

Labor Laws and Taxes for Servers

As a Server, you need to be aware of the minimum wage, overtime pay, leave and tipping policies in your state.

Check out the guides below or view more labor laws:

To easily calculate federal, state and local taxes in your state, use our free Paycheck Calculator.

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